Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
Kamchebek Tashiev, head of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan, said that no terrorist had entered Kazakhstan through Kyrgyzstan, Trend reported, citing Tachyev’s statement on his Facebook page.
“There are no terrorists in Kyrgyzstan, and if they appear, measures will be taken in accordance with our legislation,” Tashiev added.
Kazakhstan’s government announced late January 4 that it was returning some caps on LPG prices, after rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in fuel prices at the start of the year.
Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is much cheaper than gasoline as a car fuel in Kazakhstan due to the price cap. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and raised the caps on Jan. 1.
After the fuel price hike, large demonstrations broke out on January 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers give advance notice.
After the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency throughout the country. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government has started anti-terror operations to deal with the ongoing riots.
Also, the CSTO’s Unified Peacekeeping Unit teams have arrived in Kazakhstan to help restore order and help protect the country’s strategic goals.